Evangelist Dan Peterson
Watchful For What Is To Come
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
This morning I would like to point out five things that we are told about the man of lawlessness or the antichrist that is yet to come;
I. Will exalt himself as God (vs. 4)
II. He is restrained by God (vs. 6)
III. He will perform signs & wonders.
(vs. 9, Matt. 24:23-26)
IV. He will deceive many (vss. 11-12 & Matt. 24:24)
V. He will be destroyed at Jesus’ return (vs. 8)
(see also Daniel 9:25-25, & Revelation 13:1-10)